CEE Office Furniture Market with Double-Digit Growth Figures

Turnover in the CEE office furniture market grew by 13% in 2021. This year, the market will continue to chase highs with a plus of 12.3%. In addition to inflation, turnover is driven by the increased demand for higher-quality office furniture, as a study by Interconnection Consulting shows.

The consequences for the CEE office market due to Covid pandemic and its economic impact were dramatic. The market crashed by 15.7% in 2020. The recovery of the CEE office market is mainly driven by investments in the refurbishment of old office infrastructure, which also triggers higher demand for premium solutions in the office furniture sector, resulting in higher unit prices. In addition to inflation and a moderate increase in sales, this leads to a strong increase in turnover in the region. The total turnover of the CEE office market amounted to €1.04 billion in 2021 and will increase to almost €1.17 billion this year. In the coming years, growth will slow down but remain high, as the Interconnection study shows. The average growth of the market in the CEE region is 7.7% per year. Poland is the most influential country for the office furniture market with a share of 51%, but the strongest growth in 2021 was achieved by the Czech Republic and Slovenia with +16.8% and 15% respectively.

Seating Dominates

Chairs are the strongest product segment with a share of 50%. The most important product group is the swivel chair, which was sold 2.9 million times in the CEE region in 2021. However, compared to other regions of the world, the swivel chair is not quite as dominant, with a share of around 54% in the seating segment.  Overall, the seating segment is also the category with the strongest growth potential. Partition systems are also a strong growth market after the Corona pandemic and will grow by almost 15% in 2022. In the table segment, it is mainly bar tables that are trending strongly. Lounge sofas and lounge chairs, on the other hand, show somewhat less growth momentum due to the new zeitgeist of social distancing. Overall, the SME sector is the strongest customer segment for the office furniture market with 63%. The most important players in the global market are, in alphabetical order: AJ Products, Antares, Balma, Flokk, Kinnarps, Mobexpert, Nowy Styl, Standard, Steelcase, Techo/Ahrend.

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